Honored to have my article “In the Way,” selected for the Winter 2013 issue of Camas Magazine, a well-known environmental literary magazine from the University of Montana.
Humbled to now be part of an incredible line-up of past contributors and inspirations of mine, including: Bill McKibben, Rebecca Solnit, Wendell Berry, Derrick Jensen, Craig Childs, Rick Bass, etc. The piece was about being detained in Helena, Montana during an act of civil disobedience where I sat on the train tracks with a group of others to protest coal exports. It also involves elephants. Big elephants. One my proudest pieces, lots put into this one. Want a copy?
This is a blog entry I am submitting to the Trail Runner Blog Symposium for their November 2013 prompt: “Do Trail Races Result in Unnecessary Harm to the Environment?”
“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”
- Henry David Thoreau.
15 Thoughts on Trail Races and Environmental Harm
1. We have a choice.
2. We can pursue an interest in our running practice with thick padding, blue-rubber alley bumpers, to distance ourselves from the great perils our planet faces. And we can just train. We can just race. We can scribble down our miles and our hours and wash our socks and armpits and then do it all over again. And we do. Lots of us do. I do. I forget. I often get lost in my goals, my adventure-mind wanting to experience longer races, ones with higher peaks and more prestige.
3. Or we can wake up.
Excited to announce that my article, “Wanted: Trail Running Coordinator,” was just published in print for Trail Runner Magazine!
The piece covers my time this summer touring with the band The Postal Service. Really honored to have this story shared on such a visible magazine (and to have also been published online for them in September.) This is my biggest circulated readership publication to date. December 2013, Making Tracks Section, page 14. Just hit the shelves, so pick up your copy at the local running store or magazine aisle.
And thanks for the visits and support for the Jasmine Dialogues. Simply put? I love you.
Check out my short, pointed op-ed published today in Missoula’s most prominent news outlet, The Missoulian, about Carlyle and their ownership of Missoula’s water company. In print newspaper and online. Excerpt below.
“In drought-plagued Montana, the goal is simple: Use less water. So, do you really think that such corporate priorities – the bottom line and shareholder happy hours – will ever support water conservation campaigns? Not unless they’re also into profit conservation.”
Read the full op-ed here.
Two weeks ago, I was asked to take photos for the 2nd annual “GClaw,” a popular, all-women’s arm wrestling competition in downtown Missoula. It got rowdy. The event was a fundraiser for KGBA College Radio, our very eccentric, local station. Important stuff to support. Great sound, great fun. Some photos…
Trail Runner Magazine just published my article, “Disposability is Dead.” The article focuses on environmental responsibility in the endurance community and our personal agencies for changing the game. Enjoy. Excerpt below.
“As we enter this “Golden Era” for endurance sport, we must stop courting convenience now. With race entrant numbers shooting steadily upward, we must look downward, to the ground, to the Earth. We must reject consumer models whose focal point is solely what’s the cheapest, the easiest or the fastest. I find this to go against the very spirit of ultrarunning, where races are often designed to avoid convenience, and instead to favor challenging terrain and aesthetic passage.”
Read the full article.
On July 15th, I started one of the most memorable experiences of my life: touring with The Postal Service. 23 days. 3 tour buses. 3 semi-trucks. 24 people: Band, Production Management, Merchandise, Stage Techs, Drum/Guitar Techs, Sound and Lighting Personnel. And me. All traveling together from Spokane, WA, through Vancouver, BC then down the entire West Coast, finishing off in the Midwest.
11 tour stops, 15 shows. And 15 running adventures.
As “Wilderness/Trail Coordinator,” I was hired to research the best trails/mountains at every stop along the tour, take lead singer and good friend Ben Gibbard on them, then return to the venue (alive) before soundcheck. I also worked closely alongside the production team to help with show responsibilities. The opportunity was simply unparalleled. The people were incredible, professionals in their craft, of the highest caliber, all supporting musicians embodying great humility, love and knowledge for their art. An article brewing about the experience, but for now, a few photos from the music side of things…